Paris capturing: Police hearth teargas to quell protesters after three killed at Kurdish heart


French police on Friday fired teargas amid clashes with agitated protesters exterior a Kurdish neighborhood heart within the coronary heart of Paris, the place a gunman earlier killed three folks and injured 4 others in an assault with doable racist underpinnings.

All three folks killed inside and close to the Kurdish Cultural Middle Ahmet-Kaya on Rue d’Enghien have been Kurds, the middle’s lawyer confirmed to CNN.

The suspected attacker, a 69-year-old French man with a protracted felony document, has been arrested.

He was not a part of any far-right teams monitored by the police, French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin instructed journalists on the scene. “He (the suspect) clearly wanted to take it out on foreigners,” Darmanin mentioned.

“For now, no elements can allow us to know if the attack is specifically targeting Kurdish people,” he added.

Clashes with dozens of protesters, principally from the Kurdish diaspora, broke out throughout Darmanin’s go to to the location of the assault on Friday.

Whereas the capturing has not been designated a terrorist assault, Paris Prosecutor Laure Beccuau mentioned earlier on Friday that investigators usually are not ruling out doable “racist motivations” behind the capturing.

“When it comes to racist motivations, of course these elements are part of the investigation that was just launched,” Beccuau mentioned.

French President Emmanuel Macron deplored the “heinous attack” the place “the Kurds of France have been the target,” in a Twitter put up on Thursday.

Following the incident, crowds gathered near the community center.

“The Kurds of France have been the target of a heinous attack in the heart of Paris. My thoughts to the victims, to the people who are fighting to live, to their families and loved ones. My gratitude to our law enforcement forces for their courage and calmness,” Macron mentioned.

Police in Paris and throughout France have been ordered to guard Kurdish websites and Turkish diplomatic establishments following the assault, in line with Darmanin.

He has additionally requested the French president and prime minister to permit Kurdish individuals who need to maintain demonstrations to take action.

Darmanin called on the French president and prime minister to allow Kurdish people who wanted to protest, following the fatal shooting.

Paris’ anti-terror prosecutor is “evaluating” the information of Friday’s capturing within the tenth arrondissement, however the investigation continues to be being led by the town’s judicial authorities, the anti-terror prosecutor’s workplace instructed CNN Friday.

“We are evaluating the facts to know if the event should be qualified as an act of terrorism,” the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.

The capturing suspect was launched from detention lower than two weeks in the past as a court docket continues to be investigating his earlier involvement in violence with a “racist nature,” the Paris prosecutor’s workplace mentioned in a press release.

He was convicted twice, in 2017 and 2022, for committing gun violence. An investigation was additionally launched by a Paris court docket in 2021 for violence “with a racist nature,” in line with the assertion.

Emergency services attended the scene of the shooting, where a gunman opened fire at the Kurdish Cultural Center Ahmet-Kaya in Paris.

The final incident led to his getting put underneath pre-trial detention whereas the court docket conducts an investigation.

“At this stage, there is no evidence that this man is affiliated with any extremist ideological movement,” the assertion mentioned.

Following the incident, crowds gathered close to the middle, the place folks of Kurdish descent have been heard chanting the Kurdish phrase “Şehid Namirin,” which suggests: Those that are misplaced are by no means actually misplaced however with us, in line with CNN’s group on the bottom.

Some folks have been additionally heard chanting “Murderer Erdogan,” in a reference to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strong stance towards Kurdish nationalism, and his insurance policies in the direction of Kurdish far-left militant and political teams based mostly in Turkey and Iraq.